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Greenies Win Lacrosse State Championship Title
For Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach Jeff Miles, winning a state championship was 16 years in the making. When Miles started the Christ School lacrosse program in 2001, they finished their first season 0-6; five seasons later they made the playoffs for the first time. Over the years, Miles steadily built the program, adding a summer lacrosse camp located on Christ School's campus. As a testament to Coach Miles and the excitement about lacrosse in the area, Christ School's Revolution Lacrosse Camp has been sold out for the last nine years. Miles brought together knowledgeable coaches and talented players; many of those campers, won over by the beauty of the campus and the privilege of playing for Coach Miles, chose to attend Christ School and helped build the foundation of a strong lacrosse program. Sixteen years after that first season, persistence and dedication paid off for the 2017 Christ School lacrosse team, who are now State Champions.
The Greenies ran through their first two playoff opponents, defeating Charlotte Christian School 23-5 and Cannon School 14-8. On State Championship day, against #3 ranked Charlotte Country Day, Christ School came out on top 18-2, making Christ School history. With a #1 ranking in North Carolina, the Greenies earned the right to host the playoff run.
In last year's lacrosse state championship game, the #2 Greenies fell just short, losing 9-7 to #1 Ravenscroft. At the conclusion of that game, as the clock ticked off its final seconds, players like Joey Cinque '17, Riley Smith '17, Jonah Roberts '17 and Hunter Vines '18 made a pact that each member of next year's team would work harder and smarter than they ever had before. "Walking off the field after the loss last year is what fed the team this year. We wanted every team to know we are the best team they will face all year," said Will Iorio '17.
"We had a lot of seniors that wanted to win the state championship," said Vines '18. "It has motivated us all to push each other. To achieve what we have, on our home field, it's a testament to all the work we've put in."
Their teamwork, love, and respect for one another, on and off the field, was evident Saturday. Next week, the team will head off to the GEICO National Championship in Washington, DC. The tournament, held at Catholic University (Cardinal Stadium), will feature eight top ranked teams from across the United States. Christ School will play the #1 ranked team in the country IMG at 1pm on May 28. ESPN networks will nationally televise the tournament.
The Postseason Begins
As the school year comes to an end, so do the spring sports seasons. Christ School baseball, lacrosse, golf, and track and field look to complete career years with deep postseason runs.
The varsity baseball team earned the #5 seed on Sunday and will enter the playoffs with a 18-3 record, going undefeated in the CAA Conference. They will host North Raleigh Christian Academy (11-10) on Tuesday, May 9 at 4:00 p.m. This game, against a team that has gone undefeated 8-0 in their conference, will determine whether the Greenies play against Providence Day School on either Friday or Saturday. The state semi-finals would be on May 16, with the state championship held the following weekend in Raleigh.
The Greenies had six of the thirteen All Conference players, as well as the Conference Player of the Year. McKinley Bell '18, Jackson Hipp '18, Hunter Macomber '19, Mike Reynolds '17, and Max LeCroy '18 were five of those CAA All-Conference performers. William Fleming '17, who hit .575 on the season and had a .77 ERA on the mound, was named Conference Player of the Year. All-State award recipients will be named next week.
The Christ School lacrosse team has faced its toughest schedule in school history. The Greenies have rolled through 3A opponents on their way to a perfect 7-0 record in state play. For their last regular season contest, lacrosse heads to Charlotte on Tuesday, May 9 to face Charlotte Country Day. With a win, the Greenies would earn the right to play all three playoff games at home, including the State Championship game on May 20. Their most likely opponent would be Providence Day, who the Greenies narrowly defeated 13-12 nearly a month ago in a back-and-forth battle. The Greenies have had the #1 state ranking for the entirety of the spring season, and are not looking to give it up with just two weeks remaining in the season. Eight teams from across the state will go head-to-head in the playoffs, with the first playoff games being held on Saturday, May 13. The second game will be Tuesday, May 16, and the final game will be Saturday, May 20.
Seniors Riley Smith '17, Joey Cinque '17, Will Iorio '17, Jonah Roberts '17 and junior Hunter Vines '18 were named to the All-Conference lacrosse team. All-State performers will be decided next week.
Varsity golf graduated five All-Conference performers last season, but even with the turnover they have remained at the top of the CAA leaderboard. Greenies are heading into the State Championship this year as CAA Conference Champions. Carson Ownbey '18 was named Conference Co-Player of the Year and Kellen Graham '18, Cameron Akers '20, Davis Oliver '17, and Hank Pritchard '19 were all named to the All-Conference team. Christ School finished second to Cannon School at the State Championship last year, and will match up with them again in a 36-Hole event at the Country Club of Whispering Pines in Pinehurst, NC on May 15 and 16.
The Varsity track and field team has experienced one of its most successful seasons in school history and heads into the championship season with high hopes. Not only have the Greenies won every CAA meet so far this season, but in April they won the Buncombe County Meet for the first time in school history. The Greenies track team has set school records this season in the 400m, 4x100m, and 4x200m, and we expect a record or two to fall in the next two weeks. The Greenies will compete in the CAA Championships this Wednesday, May 10 at Asheville School before heading to Winthrop University for the 3A State Championship Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20.
As many as twenty of our athletes have automatically qualified for the state meet next week, with our 4x100 and 4x200 teams ranked 1st heading into the meet. Our 4x400 and 4x800 are ranked among the top in the state as well. Sophomore Kevin Snyder '19 looks to repeat as State Long Jump Champion, though he is currently battling some foot injuries. Four Christ School discus throwers are ranked among the top 20 in the state as well.
Finally, despite their 9-1 record this year and Co-Conference CAA championship, the varsity tennis team did not qualify for the 3A NCISAA Playoffs. They did, however, have three players named All Conference: Stephen Saye '18, Will Rasco '18, and Brian Li '18.
Stay tuned to csgreenies.org for updates as the playoff schedule unfolds!
Hunter Macomber '19 Throws No-Hitter
On Thursday, March 16, Hunter Macomber '19 threw a no-hitter at the Perfect Game Lake Point Showdown in Emerson, Georgia. Perfect Game is an elite amateur baseball scouting organization that produces over one hundred tournaments and showcases each year across the country. At Perfect Game events, players perform against top level competition in front of college recruiters and professional scouts from all over the country.
It was the final inning of Christ School's second game of the day when Head Coach Cody Geyer realized that Hunter was on his way to a no-hitter. "I can't believe this is happening," said one of his players. "This is so cool." It took Geyer a moment to understand what the chatter in the dugout was about. "Hunter had been pitching so well, I didn't even realize he had a no-hitter going with just three outs to go," said Geyer. "He had thrown just under 80 pitches, so I knew I was going to let him finish the game."
Hunter, a sophomore in his first year at Christ School, did in fact finish with a complete game, no-hit, shutout. The first of his life. "He has been working so hard to get better and has used the pitching program to his advantage. All that hard work really paid off today," said Coach Geyer. "The team we played brought thirty players with them and the weather was cold. He took all of it as a challenge and threw the ball incredibly well."
While Hunter had eight strikeouts in the no-hitter, he was quick to thank his teammates. "The defense played so well behind me. There were some really hard hit balls that could have gotten through."
"We were so excited for Hunter. We've seen how hard he's been working," said Captain Will Fleming '17. "We have high expectations for the team this year. Hunter pitched a great game for us on Thursday, but we believe he's capable of even more."
The Greenies return to action this weekend with two 3A games. They face off against Wesleyan Christian Academy (5-0) on Friday, March 24 at 5:00PM and Greensboro Day School (2-5) on Saturday, March 25 at 1:00PM.
Green River Narrows. Photo by Kiesha Jean.
American Whitewater Journal Publishes Article by Greenie Richard Lytle '20
American Whitewater Journal published an article written by Greenie Richard Lytle '20. The article, entitled "Safety at the Green Race," explores a competitive creek race held annually on the steepest section of North Carolina's Green River Narrows. The race is difficult and dangerous, leading Richard to ask the question – why would anyone do this? In exploring the dangers and safety measures involved in the race, Richard urges his readers to "keep shredding, come out to the Green Narrows, train hard, be aware of the risks, and hopefully race in this one-of-a-kind whitewater race someday."
According to Richard, the article was a way for him to combine his love of kayaking and his passion for writing. It was also a way for Richard to help people gain an understanding of not only the sport of kayaking, but also the safety concerns that people tend to gloss over. "I enjoy everything about writing, as it allows me to express my feelings and creativity in things that I like to do," says Richard.
American Whitewater, founded in 1954, is a nonprofit dedicated to conserving and restoring America's whitewater resources. In the Southeast, American Whitewater has secured releases on numerous rivers, including the Tuckasegee, Tallulah, and Cheoah. The organization has also helped spearhead the movement to maintain releases on the Ocoee River.
Greenies Play Oak Hill in 'Hoops for Hope' Charity Game
On Friday, January 27 at 7:00pm, Greenies will take on defending national champions Oak Hill Academy. Coached by Steve Smith, Oak Hill has seen 200 Division I players and over thirty players in the NBA, including Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Rajon Rondo. The Warriors are a combined 236-12 since 2012, and have won eight National Championships. Each of their ten players on this year’s roster will be playing Division I basketball. Christ School has three players in the NBA, Mason, Miles, and Marshall Plumlee, and over twenty Division I basketball players.
The game supports Access2Success, the foundation that brought Greenies Justice Ajogbar and Wisdom Asaboro to Christ School. A2S is a nonprofit that works to provide sustainable programs and generate positive change for Nigerian children and their families. A2S was founded by former basketball player and Davidson College graduate Andrew Lovedale in 2010. During his college basketball career, Lovedale realized that shoes, which costed more than a month’s salary in Nigeria, were an abundant commodity in America. “Faith, athletics and education made the difference in my life. I wanted to create opportunities for the youth of my country to grow in the same ways,” says Lovedale.
Wisdom and Justice both note the influence basketball has had on their lives. In Nigeria, it is uncommon for a student to be both a scholar and an athlete. Christ School provides an opportunity for Wisdom and Justice to be both.
“Basketball has taught me that whenever you want to do something and put your mind to it, you can do it,” says Wisdom, who started playing the sport at 13.
Attendees of the game are highly encouraged to bring new or like new athletic shoes to donate. A2S will ship these shoes to Nigeria to distribute to A2S Basketball Camps across the country. Those who donate one pair of shoes plus $5 to cover the cost of shipping will receive an official event t-shirt. If you are unable to bring shoes to donate, we will also be accepting cash donations. A donation of $25 will also earn a t-shirt, and will send a child to an A2S Basketball Camp for one week.
The game will also feature a raffle for a basketball signed by Oak Hill and Christ School players and coaches. Raffle tickets are $5, and you may enter as many times as you wish. Proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the cost of shipping the donated shoes to Nigeria.
2016-17 Christ School Basketball Season Opens
Anticipation is high as the Christ School basketball season kicks off with a home game against Legacy Charter School on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
The schedule for the 2016-17 season is the most difficult the program has ever seen, with six games scheduled against FAB 50 teams (a preseason list ranking the best 50 high school teams in the country) and three against teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation. The lineup includes defending National Champion Oak Hill Academy (1/27), National Runner-Up La Lamiere (2/4), and #8 ranked Hamilton Heights (2/3). “I have always been a huge believer in playing the most competitive teams we can find,” says Head Coach Scott Willard. “I know our kids are excited and up for the challenge.”
The Greenies, who were 23-8 last season, fell in the 3A NCISAA State Quarterfinals to High Point Christian. They look to improve on their up-tempo success this year. “This is one of the deepest teams I have ever coached. It is because of this depth that we can really look to push the tempo this year,” Willard says.
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Christ School Theater Competes at NCTC
On November 4, 2016, Christ School Theater competed in the North Carolina Theater Conference Regional High School Play Festival (NCTC). They performed two pieces, a cutting of the comedy Greater Tuna by Ed Howard, Jaston Williams, and Joe Sears, and an original one act entitled Green, written for Christ School Theater by local playwright Travis Lowe. Green is set in a sci-fi dystopic world where citizens are given a treatment that stops their bodies from aging at young adulthood. When the group of lads meet up after work at their regular watering hole, a pub next to a monkey house at the zoo, they are joined by a newcomer whom they welcome with jokes and stories. As the “boys” get to know each other, they discover that things are not what they seem.
At the competition, Greenies won an award for Excellence in Comedy for Greater Tuna and an award for Excellence in Set for Green. “It was a great opportunity to be with the larger high school community and see other theater departments’ productions,” says Director Mary Dillon. “The boys had fun and learned a lot. I was very proud of our performances.”
For its winter production, Christ School Theater will perform Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None.
Greenies Win Rivalry Game 47-16
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Christ School won its seventh straight game of the season, beating Asheville School 47-16. This was the 90th game of a rivalry that dates back to 1911. Although the overall series leans in Asheville School’s favor, Christ School holds a 24-19-2 edge since 1971 in the fight for the Fayssoux-Arbogast Trophy and has won The Game five times in a row. Including playoffs, this marks Christ School's seventh consecutive win against the rival school.
Quarterback Drew Johnson '17, who went 22-30 for 321 yards and five touchdowns, became a 2,000-yard passer for the second consecutive year in Saturday's win. Defensively, the Greenies had 6 QB sacks, while Seth Griswold '18 had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. The team now turns its attention to the NCISAA Division II playoffs.
The Greenies go into the playoffs as the second seed. South Lake Christian Academy, who was intially scheduled to play Christ School on Friday, November 4, has forfeited the first playoff game. Christ School's next playoff game will take place on Friday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. on Fayssoux Field.
Greenies Face Asheville School in 90th Rivalry Game
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Christ School and Asheville School will face off in the 90th Game of a rivalry that dates back to 1911. Kickoff is at 1:30p.m. on Fayssoux Field.
"The Game is more than football, it's the culmination of a full week of activities that bring the Christ School community together," says Athletic Director Scott Willard. "We're excited to host Asheville School and play the 90th game in a manner that honors our alumni and the tradition that this event has earned."
The week preceding the Game is marked by a series of activities, including a Talent Night on Wednesday evening, a bonfire on Thursday evening, and the Parent Council Tailgate on Saturday before the Game. After the Game, Greenies will attend the Homecoming Dance. The invitation-only Angelus Society Dinner also takes place on Saturday evening. View the full schedule of events here.
"This is a huge game. Our guys are used to playing in this type of atmosphere," says Head Coach Mark Moroz. "After playing against Robbinsville on TV earlier this year, our guys know what its like to play in big games and they are ready for it."
Christ School holds a 24-19-2 edge since 1971 in the fight for the Fayssoux-Arbogast Trophy, with Asheville School holding an overall winning record of 50-35-4. This storied game is the oldest high school football rivalry in the Carolinas, including all public or private schools.
Christ School and Asheville School were both founded in 1900 and first played football in 1911, with Asheville School winning 84-0. After a seven-year break, the game was next played in 1919. The game has been played uninterrupted since 1933. In 1971, the Fayssoux-Arbogast Trophy was introduced to honor the longtime athletic directors of each school: Richard Fayssoux of Christ School, who served from 1920-1966, and B.H. Arbogast of Asheville School, who served from 1930-1967.
This year, the Greenies come into the Game with a record of 7-1, averaging 41 points per game and giving up just over ten points on the defensive end. Offensively, the Greenies are quarterbacked by Drew Johnson '17, who has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards with 24 touchdowns to just four interceptions. His top targets are Jared Letman-Gash '17, who has 11 receiving touchdowns, and Keyvaun Cobb ’18, who leads the team with 46 catches, 482 yards, and 6 scores. The running back "thunder and lightning" combo of Sage Holley '17 and Kokayi Cobb '17 (7 touchdowns a piece) have made the Greenies as viable on the ground as in the air.
Defensively, the combined 180 tackles of linebackers Seth Griswold '18, Carson Jones '18, and Sage Holley '17, have kept running backs in check while Tyler Redmond ’17 (26 tackles, 3 INT’s) and Keyvaun Cobb '18 (25 tackles, 3 INT’s) keep quarterbacks guessing.
"This team has been amazing to coach," says Moroz. "There are no selfish players. They do whatever is best for the team."
Parents' Weekend 2016
Parents' Weekend is Friday, October 28 – Saturday, October 29, 2016! The weekend is packed full of fun events. What’s your preference?
Academic Progress. Parents and their sons have the opportunity to schedule private conferences with teachers.
Tackling the College Process. Understand Naviance and the college financial planning processes by attending one of two sessions in Pingree Theater or the College Guidance Office on Friday.
Social Events. Mingle with parents and faculty at the Headmaster’s Cocktail Reception Friday evening at 5:15 p.m. in the Patrick Beaver Student Center. Join hundreds of students and their families at the pre-game Parent Council Tailgate Party on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00p.m.
School Spirit. Cheer on the Greenies at The Game, the oldest high school football rivalry (public or private) in the Carolinas. This will be the 90th meeting between Christ School and Asheville School!
We look forward to seeing you there. Go Greenies!
Additional Christ School athletics web coverage appears online on the The Asheville Citizen-Times website and the official website of the NCISAA. To find past articles posted on www.christschool.org, go to News and Events or use the search function above.